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Her Heart in Her Hands

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Her heart in her hands.

Her arms outstretched.

A certain smile striding forward,

“Take it. It’s yours forever.”

His hesitating head tilting sideways,

she upturns his palms,

curls his fingers around her heart.

A smile. A kiss. A beat.


“I’ll take good care of it.”

Slumped on its side.

Sluggishly beating.

“Come over.”

“Okay, see you soon.”

T-shirts tossed into the air.

"I better hide this.”

He hurls the heart into a heap of clothes

A knock on the door.


A purple bruise.

A twinge in her chest.

“Here. You should have this back.”

Mumbling, “Sorry.”

Walking the other way

To a brown-haired girl he catches up.

She places a bright red beat into his hands.

He cradles it. Kisses it. Pulls her closer.


Her heart in her hands.

Her arms outstretched.

“Remember what happened last time..?”

A finger pushes purple.

Another twinge.


Waving the warning away.

“It’s different this time.”

“Take it. It’s yours forever.”

Grabbing the heart,

He turns it around in a circle.

Tosses it into the air.

A football.

Chuckling. Shrugging.

Drops it to the floor.



Staring straight.

“Breathe. Just breathe.”

Keeling down,

She brushes off the dust.

Places a band-aid on its top.

Arms cradling close to her chest.

“Please don’t do that again.”

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